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Ongoing Michigan whistleblower suit takes a turn into high drama

It is true that any kind of potential litigation can bring dramatic behaviors to the forefront. A whistleblower lawsuit is one such example. Those named in a whistleblower suit often feel panicked about their alleged involvement. This could quickly turn into paranoia and other negative emotions.

Whether it is paranoia or simple truth, a Macomb County prosecutor involved in a whistleblower suit claimed under oath that he is "in fear for his life" from the whistleblower. The prosecutor claims that a cartoon the whistleblower shared on a social media site has caused him to be afraid. The news report does not indicate what the cartoon is, what is says or what it depicts.

The whistleblower in this case was a Roseville police officer for over 20 years before becoming an investigator for the Macomb County prosecutor's office. Although retired from his investigator position, the whistleblower reportedly still carries a gun, adding to the prosecutor's alleged fear. Adding to the drama surrounding the case, the whistleblower was at some point escorted out of the office and told not to return.

The former investigator blew the whistle to the Michigan State Police regarding allegations that the prosecutor's office was misusing the LEIN (Law Enforcement Information Network) to cut corners. The suit claims the prosecutor's office victimized innocents in an "abuse of power" by putting out false arrest warrants in overdue child support cases. Reportedly, the whistleblower in this case was disciplined in retaliation for speaking out.

As stated earlier, the possibility of litigation can have unpredictable effects on both whistleblowers and their targets. To ensure that your case remains under protection at all times and your reputation remains above reproach, follow the advice of an experienced attorney.

Source: WXYZ Detroit, "Macomb County Prosecutor 'in fear for his life' from former employee," Jim Kiertzner, July 07, 2017

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